Victims of San Bernardino shooting ID’d by family, friends

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Two of the 14 people killed in the San Bernardino mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center were identified by a family member and a friend on Thursday morning, KTLA reported.

Nicholas Thalasinos

Nicholas Thalasinos

Nicholas Thalasinos was among the victims of Wednesday’s deadly massacre, his wife Jennifer confirmed to KTLA. Previously, she said he had been missing following the attack on Wednesday morning at the Inland Regional Center, which also left 21 others injured.

The couple had been together for 14 years, according to a GoFundMe page, which described them as having a “truly romantic, fairly tale love” and a “very deep, spiritual relationship.”

They also shared a love for science fiction and fantasy, wrote Lisa Howard, who began the fundraising page to raise money to pay for Nicholas Thalasinos’ funeral and associated costs.

A second victim, Michael Raymond Wetzel, was identified on a YouCaring fundraising page organized by Celia Behar.

Wetzel familyWetzel, a father of six, also died when the gunman entered a meeting being held at the center and opened fire, the page stated. Behar said she had received a message from his wife Renee indicating that she couldn’t get in contact with him following the shooting.

Eight hours later, she said, Renee Wetzel learned that her husband been killed.

“His family will need all the support we can give them,” Behar wrote, adding that all the funds received would go directly to his wife and kids.

Authorities have not officially released the names of any of the victims, but the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department stated it would do so once family notifications were confirmed.

 

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